What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for veins. Varicose veins and spider veins can be treated with it, and it’s both a cosmetic and a functional treatment; it can greatly improve the appearance of the legs or any other area where spider veins and varicose veins are a problem. Sclerotherapy can also help relieve leg pain, chronic swelling in the legs, leg ulcers, and inflammation of the veins.
How does sclerotherapy work?
The SoCal Lazer & Medi-Spa provider places a sclerosing solution into your veins via injection. This solution causes the vein to become intensely irritated, which then results in the vein swelling significantly. The swelling then causes the blood to clot within the vein, and the vein walls then seal together. Over time, your treated veins will fade completely and be reabsorbed into your body.
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical medical procedure to treat spider veins and small varicose veins in the legs. The procedure involves the doctor injecting a chemical, called a sclerorant (irritant) into the affected veins to irritate the endothelium, the tissue that lines blood vessels, causing the vein to collapse and forcing blood to route through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is then reabsorbed into surrounding tissue and fades over time. It does not require anesthesia and usually takes 15 mins to an hour to complete depending on the extent of the veins. There is no down time and will be able to return to your normal activities.
Why choose sclerotherapy for spider veins?
According to a 2014 study published in Circulation, approximately 23% of adults in the United States suffer from variscose veins, while more than 80% experience varicose or spider veins. Sclerotherapy is one of the safest and most common treatment of choice for superficial spider veins on legs because its faster and more effective than laser treatment. The procedure can improve related symptoms such as aching, swelling, burning and night cramps. Treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although occasionally it may take up to two months to see the full result.
Who is a good candidate for sclerotherapy?
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your legs, that’s a very good reason to consider sclerotherapy. If you suffer from vein-related problems like leg swelling, leg pain, and leg ulcers, you can be an excellent candidate for sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy patients should also be in good health, though.
The team at SoCal Lazer & Medi-Spa is happy to evaluate your case on a personalized basis to make sure that sclerotherapy is the right vein treatment for your situation.
How should you prepare for sclerotherapy?
You should avoid using any type of lotion or other substances on your legs for a full day prior to sclerotherapy. Legs should be smooth as possible, so shaving the night before the appointment is ideal. It’s best if you avoid sun exposure for around a month before the sclerotherapy appointment, too, as this can reduce the odds of pigmentation problems around the treatment areas.
How many sclerotherapy treatments are needed?
You may require numerous sclerotherapy treatments based on your specific vein growth. Some patients need as little as a single treatment while others require multiple sessions. Sclerotherapy sessions are typically scheduled at least a several weeks or a month apart, and each appointment lasts only around half an hour.
What can you expect after sclerotherapy?
After sclerotherapy, you’ll be given compression stockings to wear for leg support. There may be some temporary redness and bruising around the injection sites, but these symptoms are usually short-lived.